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Adam's Update 9-11-19

posted Sep 11, 2019, 1:11 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Room 8 families! 


For those of you who have not met me, my name is Adam Sumner and I will be returning to the Ridgeline community, along with Jonathan Sternberg, to represent Room 8 for the 2019-2020 academic school year. 


Jonathan and I have been fortunate enough to watch many of your kids work diligently through the last few months of what turned out to be a very challenging 2018-2019. Although there are many returning students, we also have many new faces joining the Room 8 family, thus providing an opportunity for our new 5th and 6th-grade scholars to develop leadership skills through mentorship. 


Our students look for opportunities to shine, and in Room 8 Jonathan and advocate for our kids to put their best foot forward. Our new mentors will be given new and exciting opportunities to lead in and out of their class, all-the-while looking toward their elder peers for guidance and collaboration. 


Room 8 is collaborating with Rooms 9 and 10 with reading clubs and other special activities this year, and we are looking to make Fridays a collaborative day, where students will spend time with their peers from other classrooms. We want our students to value their community, and look forward to making connections outside of Room 8. Many of our scholars have dear friends that have matriculated to other classes, and enjoy opportunities to continue strengthening the relationships they have formed previously. As a team, we feel that the connections made outside the classroom, but still within the framework of the Ridgeline community, is valuable exposure that gives our scholars the tools to help them work with others in sometimes challenging situations. The students will discover that working with other people can be not only challenging but fun. The Upper Elementary team is dedicated to providing a rich, and diverse learning experience that has your kids on their toes. 



Jon's Update 3-15-19

posted Mar 15, 2019, 11:11 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Dear Room 8 families,

I want to start by expressing what a joy it's been to spend the week with your children. They are sincerely a kind, curious, delightful group of students.

My main goal this week was to restore order and routine to their classroom environment, and put ownership of their space back in the students' hands and hearts. The transformation was almost instantaneous. The students are back to work, and the classroom vibe is very positive and light-hearted. Our kids are writing, reading, and doing math on a daily basis.

I'll be working with Adam, the new classroom teacher, to maintain some of the systems I've set into place, so the students can move forward smoothly. We'll further refine a predictable, rigorous academic schedule that still includes plenty of opportunity for creative expression and fun.

Thank you so much for your patience and support during this transition. Next week we'll be finishing up stories and transforming a few of them into puppet shows, in addition to more math! and academic writing. I'm looking forward to spending one more week getting to know this fun bunch.

Best,

Jon


Elizabeth's Update 2-15-19

posted Feb 15, 2019, 11:16 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Ridgeline Families of Room 8!

I deeply appreciate the warm welcome so many staff, teachers, students, and parents have extended to me over these first days of teaching!  It has been a wonderful adventure to become better acquainted with you all.

In the future I will ask students if they would like to contribute some concise articles to this newsletter.  While in the meantime, I will highlight a few activities that have served to promote consistent work routines and represent a continuum of learning opportunity from Montessori prepared material to student-initiated, creative academic development.

Throughout the day, Jonathan continues to provide steadfast and expert support to all students as mentor, technical resource, and discussion counterpart. I asked if he would expand his role among students to present weekly curricular series in literature and history, so students can benefit from his experience and perspective as they think through the content together.

In one photo you can see a student with a linear representation based on the Natural History Timeline of Life as a classic memory exercise (in which a complete control chart is placed at a distance in the classroom from a blank chart students complete), working alongside students who have moved on to the second phase of the work to do an interpretive model of the ancient environment.

Regarding study of literature, another Room 8 material several students brought back into practice based on good memories from last year is a format for productive Book Club discussion developed by Meridy Wheeler. Choices made for reading in these first days have been based on student interest, while I design the upcoming sequence of text-based research and age-specific experience.

In addition, examination of simple mechanisms was experienced in the form of a corn sheller for an heirloom popcorn variety. I briefly reviewed agricultural development of the grass seed to the popular snack we enjoy today in gratitude to the thousands of farmers over thousands of years who contributed to the selective breeding of kernels that expand significantly when exposed to heat, in the context of changes in states of matter.

As a series of exercises in refining writing skill including spelling and syntax, students completed drafts, edits, and final editions of business cards, scripts, and Valentine’s Day cards for people they know and love.  Throughout this process, I consistently observed for convention balanced with creativity, content balanced with format, and symbol balanced with description.

Regarding classroom practices for engaged learning, I have been getting to know students as quickly as possible by reviewing their portfolios of completed work with them. I have consistently supported students in making and keeping the academic agreements of working on materials I introduced in four subject areas, while I gain a sense of their individual ways of navigating progress, perseverance, creativity, goal-setting, and celebration of accomplishment. 

Students are looking forward to increased involvement from Clark Hannahs as he presents new robotics building opportunities to encourage the understanding and active use of design and engineering experience.

I am looking forward to next week when some classic Montessori materials I recently reorganized will be introduced in the subjects of mathematics and language study.  It has been inspirational to see the students choosing different working groups for different subjects, as I observe their strengths and review their records in planning for productive academic achievement. I thank the students daily for their patience with me as I learn Ridgeline school culture, and work to improve my understanding of how to assist them all in living up to their personal potential.

I also look forward to talking with you soon, and please do not hesitate to contact me by email if you would like to schedule a conversation or student-work oriented meeting.

 Wishing you all an excellent holiday weekend, and I look forward to seeing students starting Tuesday of next week!    

Mary's Weekly Update 1-24-19

posted Jan 24, 2019, 11:07 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Elizabeth Voth will be Room 8's new substitute teacher!

Elizabeth Voth will be taking over in Room 8 as the new substitute teacher starting on February 4th. From January 28th until February 4th she will be working behind the scenes here at the school, so if you spot her, please welcome her!


Elizabeth’s Bio:

You can find Elizabeth anywhere there is a learning opportunity! From childhood experiences exploring forest ecology outside her hometown of Newberg, Oregon with her sister, two brothers, good friends and a Border Collie, to spending high school summers in Alaska tending organic gardens during the day and carving ancient ivory most evenings. Community-building practices of wood-fired ceramics defined Elizabeth’s bachelor’s degree at George Fox University, expanded by cultural and history studies abroad at Oxford and eleven other countries through shipboard travel with the University of Virginia. A winter season teaching in Alaska was such a good experience that Elizabeth went on to earn a master’s in education from the Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University in Maryland followed by the AMI Orientation to Adolescent Studies in 2011. She has deeply enjoyed opportunities in Wisconsin and California to facilitate elementary students in their love of discovery both as individuals and within their dynamic learning community.  


Conferences

Please note that mid-year student conferences will not be held this year since a new teacher will be taking over the classroom.  Instead, written feedback will be provided on the progress of your student. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Sharon Martin.



Intent to Return & Sibling Enrollment

It’s lottery season and we need to know your plans for the next school year.  By now you should have already completed an “Intent to Return” form. In order to qualify for sibling preference, you must complete the online enrollment application for any incoming sibling by January 31 (we encourage you to complete this as soon as possible).  Contact Jen Hackstadt if you did not receive the “Intent to Return” email.



Amazon Parkway Closures

Amazon Parkway will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday, January 21 and may last until February 7. The closure will impact both southbound and northbound lanes, between 19th and 24th Avenue.



Fond Farewell

Next week will be my last week here at Ridgeline.  I want to thank you all for allowing me to borrow your students every day and to work with their endless creativity and ideas.  It has been a lovely experience that I will remember fondly while I focus on other areas of my life and my own journey.



PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!



RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

 

Friday, Jan 25 Talent Show

Thur/Fri, Jan 31 & Feb 1        No School – Conferences (not Room 8)


Mary's Update 1-13-19

posted Jan 15, 2019, 9:31 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Montessori for a Peaceful Community - Tuesday, January 15, 6-7:30

Join Montessori expert Debbie Sheehan for a discussion of Grace and Courtesy and how Montessori ideals and practices can shape our families, our communities and the world!  Debra Sheehan is Director of the Montessori Center for Teacher Education (MCTE) located in San Diego, California and Assistant Director of Maria Montessori School, also located in San Diego. Debra teaches in all course levels as well as being the Practicum Supervisor for all adult learners. She holds Montessori credentials for Early Childhood, Elementary I – II, and Secondary I and is fully qualified to teach children between the ages of 2.5-15 years old as well as adults in teacher education programs for these age ranges. Debra has presented workshops at National AMS conferences, international lectures on Montessori methodology, and has been a MACTE on-site verifier for several Montessori teacher education programs.



Conferences

Please note that mid-year student conferences will not be held this year since a new teacher will be taking over the classroom.  Instead, written feedback will be provided on the progress of your student. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Sharon Martin.



Intent to Return & Sibling Enrollment

It’s lottery season and we need to know your plans for the next school year.  Thursday morning you received an important “Intent to Return” email with links. Please read it thoroughly and complete the Intent to Return by January 18.  In order to qualify for sibling preference, you must complete the online enrollment application for any incoming sibling by January 31 (we encourage you to complete this as soon as possible).  Contact Jen Hackstadt if you did not receive the “Intent to Return” email.



PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!



RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

 

Saturday, Jan 12 Information Session for Lottery

Tuesday, Jan 15 Montessori for a Peaceful Community

Wed/Thurs, Jan 16 & 17        Dickie Jo’s Restaurant Fundraiser

Thursday, Jan 24                 Information Session for Lottery


Mary's Semi-Monthly Update 11-30-18

posted Nov 30, 2018, 12:11 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Stone Soup

Thank you to everyone who helped our Stone Soup event by contributing vegetables and/or volunteer time.  It was a lovely day for all involved!


Storyline – Pioneering in Benthic Territory

We have now started our Pioneering in Benthic Territory storyline unit.  Students have been creating characters (their “alter ego”) that they will pilot through our created ocean environment.  They have also been creating the back stories for their characters, exploring the reason(s) why they have decided to move from the “stack cities” to the ocean territory.  



All students have access to our shared drive for this storyline, so please ask your student to show you their documents and watch their character speak!



Electricity Unit

Having made their first circuits this week, many students were asking about the materials used in the activity so that they can make more:

- LED lights:  you can use either 3mm or 5mm lights in any color.  The best value for these lights is on Amazon where you can get a pack of about 500 lights in assorted colors for around $15.  You can also use special flat LED lights made by Chibitronics which are easier to handle, but are more expensive at $1/per light.

- Copper Foil Tape:  you need tape which is designed for circuits, so search for “copper foil tape with conductive adhesive”.  You can get approx. 80 yards for $12 on Amazon.

- Coin Battery:  use standard CR2032 batteries.  You can get multipacks on Amazon or at Dollar Tree.  

- Cardstock paper

- double-sided foam tape.


Based on what they learned this week, students can already build light-up greeting cards and pictures.  Once we learn parallel circuits and how to use switches in the coming weeks, they will be able to do more complex greeting cards, game boards, and room alarms.  We will also be pairing biology research on bioluminescent fish with making a light-up model of the fish. Then we will invite other classrooms in to view our Midnight Zone Aquarium.  



Field Trip to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Our class will be travelling to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on Wednesday, Dec 19th, to attend two special exhibitions – Plastic Entanglements and Elsa More - and to take part in a studio activity.   This event was organized by our wonderful art teachers, Melanie Germond and Pete Goldlust, for each of the Upper Elementary classes.  We will need 5-6 adult chaperones for this trip so please contact me if you would like to volunteer.



Drop-off and Pick-up in Front of the School

Yesterday another upset neighbor called at dismissal yelling about our families blocking the travel lane on W. Amazon. Do not stop in the travel lane and block traffic. If the line is too long circle around and come back or park somewhere legally and walk to pick up your student.



Volunteers Needed Around the School

The school is looking for volunteers to help with the following:

- Book Covering Volunteers:  If you are a detail oriented person who can cut a straight line, we would love to have your help! Contact the office or stop by to volunteer.


- Laminating Volunteer:  If you have laminating experience and/or are a detail oriented person, we would love to have your help. Contact Cynthia for more details and to volunteer.


- Marketplace Volunteers:  We still have 21 volunteer slots open! Six volunteers are needed on Friday, December 7, 3-5pm for set up, and 15 volunteer slots need filling on Saturday, December 8.



PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!



RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

 

Saturday, Dec 8 Marketplace and Continental Breakfast, 10am

Monday, Dec 10 RCO Meeting, 6pm

Monday, Dec 17 Board Meeting, 6:30pm

Wednesday, Dec 19 Class Field Trip to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art


Mary's Bi-weekly Update 11-16-18

posted Nov 19, 2018, 12:51 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Parent Conferences

Thank you so much to parents who were able to attend conferences!  That is such an important way that we can work together to support your student.  Also, Jonathan and I will continue to process the great feedback we received from students and families. If you had a conference and still have questions (or you just have a question!), please do not hesitate to contact me (mary.bach-jackson@ridgeline.org).  



Barnes and Noble Book Fair

We will be doing the sketch "Mouse Woman and the Snails" at the Barnes and Noble Book Fair on Friday, November 16th.  It is VERY important that your student arrives for the event by 7:00pm at the very latest. Please note that there is road construction on I-105 so plan accordingly (you might want to investigate an alternative route).  We will meet in the toy area to the right of the store when you enter. Students should wear their Ridgeline Montessori t-shirts for the performance, if they have one, or a plain colored shirt.



Upcoming Study Units

After Thanksgiving we will be starting two new study units:  Pioneering in Benthic Territory, and Electricity. The Pioneering in Benthic Territory unit will be a Storyline adventure where the students create characters who will be setting up homesteads on the ocean floor.  This unit is inspired by the reading we are doing in the book Dark Life by Kat Falls.  So expect to hear stories about ocean farming, bubble fences, and taxation without representation in the coming weeks.  You might also hear requests for a copy of the sequel to Dark Life which is Rip Tide.


Our unit on electricity will involve learning about several different types of circuitry, switches, and electromagnetism, and then combining that knowledge with building useful and beautiful toys, tools, and art objects.  We will also be having a cross-over activity with our Benthic Territory unit when the students will research a deep sea creature with bioluminescence and then create an example of it that actually lights up to go on to our wall in the classroom!  We are currently in scrounge mode for some of the materials in our unit, so if you have any 9volt batteries, wooden paint stirrer sticks, or CR3032 coin batteries we could have, please contact me.



Stone Soup

Next Wednesday we will be celebrating our annual Stone Soup gathering.  In order to prepare for the event, we ask students to bring in some vegetables that we will be preparing on Tuesday to go into the soup pots on Wednesday.  I will be speaking to students about which vegetables they may bring on Friday. Then on Wednesday, we ask everyone to bring their own bowl and spoon.


Volunteering in the Classroom

We have an opportunity for volunteers to come into the classroom in the mornings from Monday to Thursday.  These times would be predominately working with students, however we do have materials-making jobs that could be done elsewhere in the building or at home, if you prefer.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me so that it can be arranged.



Birthday Bash

There will be no Birthday Bash in November since there is already a special community event planned, Stone Soup.



Weekly Report

There is no weekly report this week since it is such a short week and almost everything on the board is due next week.



PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!



RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Friday, 11/16 Barnes & Noble Book Fair, be there by 7pm

Tuesday, 11/20 Vegetable chopping for Stone Soup

Wednesday, 11/21 Stone Soup

Thursday, 11/22 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving

Friday, 11/23 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Saturday, 11/24 Tree Sales Begin (see enews for details)

Wednesday, 11/28 Picture Re-takes (return your picture packets)


Mary's Weekly Update 11-2-18

posted Nov 2, 2018, 11:51 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Parent Conferences

Next week we will be doing Parent Conferences!  This is a very important time for parents, teachers and students to come together to discuss progress so far and address any questions people may have.  Since this time is focused on supporting students, please encourage your student to attend their conference. If you are unable to sign up for a timeslot on Thursday or Friday, please contact me to set up an alternative time.



Parent Education Opportunity: Helping Your Child Cope With Anxiety

Ridgeline is pleased to offer a parent education night focused on coping with anxiety.  We are fortunate to be able to partner with the University of Oregon’s Couples and Family Therapy Program.  Three experienced graduate students will be presenting on this topic. We’ve asked them to help us address some of the following points:

-What are developmentally appropriate tools for addressing anxiety?

-What is the appropriate language to use around this issue?

-When is it time to seek professional help for a child?

-What are symptoms that might commonly get overlooked?

-In a community, how might the kids help each other?     


This event will be held in the Ridgeline Library on November 6th, from 6:00 to 7:00pm.  Childcare for toilet-trained children will be available



Barnes and Noble Bookfair

This year at the Barnes and Noble Bookfair, we will be performing readers’ theater about some very famous explorers and their journeys.  So please plan on attending the bookfair on Friday, November 16th. We really hope to see you there!



Birthday Bash

There will be no Birthday Bash in November since there is already a special community event planned, Stone Soup.



Weekly Reports and Time Utilization

Lessons are carefully paced to ensure that we cover what we need to in the year so that students can be successful.  But this is a partnership and students need to meet us halfway by completing the follow-on assignments from lessons.  Many students have admitted to not using their time effectively in class, and so are not completing their assignments. Work that is not completed in the classroom is encouraged to go home and be completed there (where possible).  The Weekly Report sent out on Fridays details exactly what work your student has been assigned and the progress they have made on that work.


So please help your student to be successful by asking these questions each day:

- did you complete 3-5 works today?

(this guideline should ensure that they stay on top of their work)


- did you complete at least two pages of math today?

(there are usually four pages of regular math and four pages of review or geometry assigned per week).


There is always time built into the school day to complete assigned works, so it is up to the student to use their time efficiently.   Please encourage your student to use the Post-It Note Club if they need/want help organizing their work. Any unfinished work from the Post-it Note should automatically be taken home as homework (where possible).  



PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!



RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Nov 8 No School – Conferences

Nov 9 No School – Parent Conferences

Nov 16 Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Nov 21 Stone Soup



Mary's Weekly Update 10-19-18

posted Oct 19, 2018, 11:22 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Visitors in the Classroom

Well, the first six weeks have gone by quickly!  We are now at the end of our “normalization” period, a time when we ask outsiders to refrain from coming into our “new” classroom communities so they have time to settle.  So if you have expressed interest in observing, volunteering or having lunch in the classroom, please contact me so that we can discuss arrangements. In addition, please complete a background check through the school office so you can get “green badged.”



Curriculum Sharing Night

There is an important event in the near future – Curriculum Sharing!  This is an opportunity for students to bring their family into the classroom to show off the work they have been doing and to bring some context to the stories they have been sharing at home.  We really encourage families to try to attend one of the two sessions on Wednesday, October 24th, from 3:05-4:05 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.



Birthday Bash

We will be having our monthly Birthday Bash on Friday, October 26th.  If you wish, you may send a snack for the whole class to share on that day.



Jog-a-Thon

Our Jog-a-Thon was a tremendous success (as well as a lot of fun)!  Our class contributed 677 laps to the school’s approximately 600 miles in total.  To date, this fundraiser has raised $9,185. If you still have additional monies that have been collected, please help your student to return their sponsorship forms to school as soon as possible.



Nit Picking

Please check your child(ren)’s heads for nits and live bugs regularly. Lice are tiny brown and gray parasites that can cause itching and scratching, especially in areas of the body that are covered with hair (typically behind the ears, near the scalp, and neck). You will be able to see the tiny lice eggs (called “nits”), which look like grains of sand attached to the hair shafts.  The Ridgeline office staff appreciates a courtesy phone call to alert us if your child has lice so that we may work with you to ensure progress is being made to eliminate lice from your life and help to reduce further spread. We ask that you treat your child and pick out all the nits before sending them back to school.



Assignments and Homework

Just as a reminder, students are always allowed to take work home, as long as they are using class time wisely.  However, each student is in charge of their own assignments and the act of taking work home. We will encourage, remind, and show them how to work the copier, but ultimately they have to get the work together and put it in their backpack.  If a student is doing Post-it Note Club with Jonathan, he will encourage them to take home any works left on their note at the end of the day. So if your student is bringing home work, please help encourage them to complete it and then return it to the classroom the next day.  Also, ask for the note from the Post-it Note Club if they are participating.



PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!



RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Oct 8 RCO Meeting, 6-7:30pm (Sharon and Curtis will be discussing bullying)

Oct 11 Montessori Parent Education with Dr. Casquejo Johnston, 6-7:30pm

Oct 24 Picture Day

Curriculum Sharing Night, 3-4pm and 6-7pm


Mary's Weekly Update 10-11-18

posted Oct 15, 2018, 12:25 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Jog-a-Thon

We had a wonderful time participating in the Jog-a-Thon.  Our class completed an impressive 677 laps and the school completed approximately 600 miles in total that morning!  So please remember to help your student to collect monies and return sponsorship forms to school as soon as possible.


Workplans and the Weekly Report

The students are using a workplan that covers two weeks at a time.  Each two-week span is called a “period”. We generally refer to the first week of a period as “Week A”, and the second week as “Week B”.  At the end of each week (unless we are out of school on the Friday or there is a big event), they will bring home a Weekly Report detailing what works have been assigned that period, and the status of those works.  Any quizzes or tests are graded and I will include that score on the Weekly Report. Proficiency with the information being tested will be shown by a score of 80% or greater (unless otherwise agreed). If needed, a student will be asked to study some more and retake the quiz the following week.  Please note that the Weekly Report is my communication to you about how your student is doing!

 

If your student feels that they have turned in more work than is noted on the report, please encourage them to check the No-name File, their cubby and their mailbox.  If they do not find their work, ask them to come see me and I will investigate. If I have made a mistake, I will correct it!


The ultimate goal is to complete 75% or more of assigned works on a regular basis, but this is a process.  Please help your student to understand that their focus should be to keep trying to improve. I tell students to aim for completing 3-5 works a day and they should be right where they need to be.  So please have a conversation with your student about their work and then sign off the Weekly Report. You should also witness that your student completed their homework of 20 minutes of chapter book reading each night.  The signed report should be returned on the following Monday.


NOTE:  I will collect workplans from the students at the end of the day on Thursdays, so only work completed and turned in up until that time is checked off.  Completed works will remain in the classroom until the end of the school year and may become part of the student’s portfolio.


Assignments

I tend to split assignments into blocks of 30 minutes.  A page of math should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  A hands-on project may take several blocks of 30 minutes. I plan assignments so that they should balance out over the course of a two-week period.  If a student is efficient and focused in their work, there is time in the schedule for them to complete much or everything in class. Some projects are expected to be taken home, especially for 5th and 6th year students who are learning to take on larger assignments.


Students are always allowed to take work home, as long as they are using class time wisely.  Between 2:00 and 3:00 each day, students may make a copy of a SINGLE work to take home without even asking me.  If a student wishes to copy more than one work, they need to ask my permission. Also, work which requires special equipment would need to be arranged with me beforehand.


Now each student is in charge of their own assignments and the act of taking work home.  We will encourage, remind, and show them how to work the copier, but ultimately they have to get the work together and put it in their backpack.  If a student is doing Post-it Note Club with Jonathan, he will encourage them to take home any works left on their note at the end of the day. So if your student is bringing home work, please help encourage them to complete it and then return it to the classroom the next day.  Also, ask for the note from the Post-it Note Club if they are participating.


Attendance

You may have noticed that you are receiving a lot more communication regarding the importance of regular attendance.  This year we are beginning an attendance awareness campaign designed to increase awareness, educate, and ultimately improve student attendance at Ridgeline.  Good attendance is strongly linked to academic, social, and emotional success.


We believe:

  • that students and families that feel they are included in the school community are more likely to show up consistently.

  • that good attendance will allow your child to fully contribute to and fully benefit from the classroom community.  

  • good attendance will not only build strong academics but also build strong socially and emotionally capable humans.


Thank you for learning and growing with us!


Montessori Parent Education Night

In this interactive workshop at 6pm on Thursday, October 11th, families will learn about Dr. Montessori's Planes of Development. After a short presentation, Dr. Casquejo Johnston will facilitate a discussion/workshop.  Families will leave the workshop with an understanding of the planes of development, how they can support their children and practical strategies and supports to build a Montessori home.


Dr. Casquejo Johnston is the Program Director for the Montessori Teacher Education Program at Saint Mary's College of California which offers both and Early Childhood and an Lower Elementary/Upper Elementary credential.  She has experience every facet of Montessori life - student, parent, lower elementary guide, director(principal) and now program director. Her greatest joy has been raising her children in the Montessori way and watching them become thoughtful, purposeful young adults.  Sofia is in her second year of a Master’s program in counseling focusing on college student services and Ben is a junior in the sport business program at University of Oregon...Go Ducks!


PS:  Please return the Friday Folder to the classroom on Monday!



RIDGELINE CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Oct 8 RCO Meeting, 6-7:30pm (Sharon and Curtis will be discussing bullying)

Oct 11 Montessori Parent Education with Dr. Casquejo Johnston, 6-7:30pm


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